Hoffmann back in familiar role

Conrad Hoffmann will run at scrumhalf, not at flyhalf in Western Province’s Currie Cup warm-up game against the Elephants on Saturday.

There had been rumours that Hoffmann could be used at pivot for this year’s Currie Cup campaign, and Saturday’s game against the Elephants in Port Elizabeth would have been the ideal opportunity to trial the move.

But coach Allister Coetzee has decided to select the talented youngster in his usual role as scrumhalf.

New signing Anton van Zyl will make his WP debut off the bench while hooker Hanyani Shimange will captain the side in the absence of those players who were regulars in the Stormers squad this season.

‘The first choice Stormers players who played more than half of the Super 14 games will not be involved in this fixture and have been given an extra week off,’ said Coetzee.

‘This game provides an opportunity for a number of our younger athletes to prove that they can provide adequate back up for the first choice players during the Currie Cup.’

Youngster Jurgens Visser, who played for Western Province’s U19 side last year will run at flyhalf, while Maties speedster JJ Engelbrecht will make his senior debut on the wing.

Western Province – 15 Tiger Bax, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Juan De Jongh,12 Morgan Newman, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Jurgens Visser, 9 Conraad Hoffmann, 8 Cameron Peverett, 7 Zandre Jordaan, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Martin Muller, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Hanyani Shimange (c), 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Sub: 16 Michael De-Neuilly Rice, 17 Wicus Blaauw, 18 Anton Van Zyl, 19 Jody Burch, 20 Dewald Duvenage, 21 PJ Vermeulen, 22 Hayden Groepes.